Friday, November 25, 2016

Road Trip

Harvesting was afoot in the 'Bidgee district.  But not by backpackers.
 A Backpackers rate of taxation for fruit picking work is hotly debated.  Farmers depend on the visitors - legal or otherwise - and seek legislation yesterday. Visitors probably gain 'brownie points' towards a visa extension by working in rural areas.
  A grower in the N T relies on a team from Taiwan to pick the Mango crop. No locals prepared to do this work .....the low pay..... the grit....the distance? 
  Complex times.  Exploitation of overseas workers, banning free trade, bringing back the old ways and making things great again is debated. Unlikely to go back. 
Globally, these times could be interpreted as a very slow inevitable move towards more equality and global social justice.

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